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METS Staff

Mayra Guevara Mayra Guevara
METS Director
510.430.3126, mguevara@mills.edu
Education: San Jose State University, BA Social Work

Favorite College Experience: Making meaningful friendships with people from places I had never heard of.


Patrice Moland Patrice Moland
METS Program Coordinator
510.430.3267, pmoland@mills.edu
Education: UC Davis, BA International Relations and Spanish

Favorite College Experience: Living with a host family in Madrid, Spain, while studying Spanish for three months.


Shard'e H'oard Shard'e H'oard
METS Academic Advisor
510.430.3320, shoard@mills.edu
Education: UC Davis, BA African American and African Studies, minor in Human Development

Favorite College Experience: Attending all campus events such as The Buzz and Picnic Day.

Upward Bound Staff

Nolan Jones Nolan Jones
Director, Upward Bound
510.430.3337, nojones@mills.edu
Education: UC Berkeley, Bachelors; Holy Names University, Masters; Mills College, Doctorate in Educational Leadership

Favorite College Experience: (1) The collaboration between the Africa Students Association MEcha, the Asian Student Union, United People of Color, and other ASUC student groups to make Ethnic Studies a requirement at UC Berkeley. (2) Performing a spoken word piece at the East Bay Boogie Café as part of an assignment for my first doctoral course at Mills College.


Joe Omega Joe Omega
Upward Bound Associate Director
510.430.3128, jomega@mills.edu
Education: UC Berkeley, BA Social Welfare

Favorite College Experience: College allowed me to find my life career. I am blessed to have spent four years of college at and 29 years working for the University of California, Berkeley, one of the most prestigious public universities in the country.


Erica Dominguez Erica Dominguez
Upward Bound Academic Coordinator
510.430.3346, edominguez@mills.edu
Education: San Francisco State University, BA Liberal Studies; Mills College, MA Educational Leadership

Favorite College Experience: Serving in Jumpstart (SF State) and mentoring young children, I had the opportunity to build memorable bonds with educators, college students, and families in SF Bayview-Hunter's Point community. Between riding Muni with co-workers, singing songs in circle time, and reading books to a bunch of little smiling faces my incredible passion for equity in education was born.


Liliana Aurora Guzman Liliana Aurora Guzman
Upward Bound Office Manager
510.430.2064, lguzman@mills.edu
Education: California State University, Chico, Psychology

Favorite College Experience: Making lifelong friendships with individuals who always pushed me to reach my goals. I loved every aspect of my college experience.


Pamela Stafford Pamela Stafford
Upward Bound Writing Specialist
510.430.2273, pstafford@mills.edu
Education: UC Berkeley, BA English; UC Berkeley, MA English Literature

Favorite College Experience: I received my BA with Highest Honors and was valedictorian of the English department in 1991. I went on to receive my Masters degree in English Literature at UC Berkeley in 1994.


Jennifer Guevara Jennifer Guevara
Student Services Coordinator
510.430.2234, jguevara@mills.edu


Mauricio Guevara Mauricio Guevara
Upward Bound Technology Specialist
510.430.3211, mauguevara@mills.edu
Education: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, BS Mechanical Engineering

Favorite College Experience: After going kicking and screaming to Summer Institute (SSS program’s summer bridge), I ended up having a great time and met many students who ended up becoming my friends throughout my college career. I feel like going really gave me a leg up in school and made the transition that much easier.


Marciela Juarez Maricela Juarez
West Contra Costa Program Supervisor
510.430.3397, mjuarez@mills.edu
Education: CSU, Chico, BA, Psychology; CSU, Sacramento, MA, Higher Education Leadership; CSU, Sacramento, MS, Counseling

Favorite College Experience: Participating in the Student Exchange program at North Carolina State University. It was this moment in my life where I challenged who I was, grew, personally and academically and connected with many great people.


Jerome Narvaez Jerome Narvaez
Upward Bound Academic Advisor
510.430.3208, jenarvaez@mills.edu
Education: UC Berkeley, Sociology

Favorite College Experience: I had a semester at UC Berkeley where I needed to have a 3.0 before the end otherwise I would have to withdraw. After studying hard, and attending classes I succeeded.


Magi Brizuela Magi Brizuela
Upward Bound Academic Advisor
510.430.3145, mbrizuela@mills.edu
Education: Mills College, BA Environmental Science

Favorite College Experience: My favorite college experience was walking the stage at commencement, looking into the crowd and seeing my children, parents, and all my family cheering me on.



Adalberto Gonzalez Adalberto Gonzalez
Upward Bound Academic Advisor
510.430.2055, adgonzalez@mills.edu
Education: AA from Berkeley City College, BA from UC Berkeley, MTS from GTU

Favorite College Experience: My favorite college experience was a combination of studying my passions and developing critical lenses with which to see the world. Mixing that with a fair amount of PlayStation, and my college experience was incredible!
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Reinhardt Hall C Wing
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94613
P: 510.430.2177
F: 510.430.2309
E: trio@mills.edu

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Last Updated: 6/29/17